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Beware Of These Signs of Gas Problems

Natural Gas is problematic and can cause gas problems and can be dangerous in the wrong situations or carelessly.

When you think about it, natural gas is an extremely effective fuel for so many appliances we use within the home. This is why we tend to use it for our heating & cooking.

For example, if you use a gas stove, a fireplace, oven or any other kind of appliance within the home; do recognise on how to keep yourself safe. It also important to recognise when there is a problem with your gas appliances or when you do have carbon monoxide leak, so read on how to find out more on how to keep you safe.

Smell

Any gas problems is normally totally odourless, which would make detecting carbon monoxide without an alarm pretty much impossible to detect. In order to make it easier for people to detect is to have a carbon monoxide alarm within the home and also to detect if you have a funny smell circulating. If you smell something like rotten eggs, then immediately check to see if all your gas appliances are switched off. If that doesn’t help the odour, then get out of the house immediately and call Logical Heating & Plumbing Solutions.

Lower Output

Natural gas appliances tend to operate by having a direct line to your home’s gas line. If a problem develops in that line, the fuel supply will be cut off and the appliance won’t be able to work correctly. So, if your stove or another gas appliance appears to be operating at a much lower output than it should be, it could mean that you have a leak or blockage in your gas line. Shut off the appliance and have a gas safety engineers bromely examine the system, just to be on the safe side.

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Have a Carbon Monoxide Detector this Autumn/Winter

During the colder season, any homeowners are very thankful to have a carbon monoxide detector in the home. As your heating system must be operating properly in order to keep it safe.

To combat any problem you need to installed a carbon monoxide detector. Fortunately a lot of modern heating systems are more reliable and safer now than ever before. That doesn’t mean that they are perfect as no mechanical system can truly make that claim 100 percent correct. That is why you need a dependable carbon monoxide detector.

What Makes Carbon Monoxide So Dangerous?

Carbon monoxide is a gas generated by the incomplete combustion of many fuel sources, including oil, gas, wood, charcoal, etc. It might be the case you may have smelled the odour of natural gas before, which is distinct in its sulfuric, rotten egg-like description. Unlike natural gas, however, carbon monoxide does not have an odour.

Carbon monoxide is a by-product of combustion, however, not a fuel source, so a warning odour cannot be added to it. That complicates matters of detection, as does the fact that CO also has no taste or colour. That means that we are unable to detect it on our own.

Because carbon monoxide poisoning, if severe enough, can prove fatal, it is necessary to have a carbon monoxide detector installed throughout your home. They must be installed in all living spaces, and are especially important in sleeping areas. Low level symptoms may resemble the flu, with body pains, headaches, and nausea. As exposure levels increase and spread out over time, these symptoms will get more severe: vomiting, disorientation, dizziness, and so on. You don’t want to wait for symptoms to develop just to recognize that you are dealing with a leak. That is why you should hire Logical Heating & Plumbing Solutions a gas safety croydon to install your carbon monoxide detector.

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Everything you need to know about Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon Monoxide poisoning is the silent killer as it’s a colourless, odourless, poisonous gas that can be very difficult to detect if you don’t know what you’re looking for. The fact it doesn’t smell, have any taste or any colour is why it is often referred to as the silent killer.

It’s an extremely dangerous substance and therefore something you need to be clued up on.

How does Carbon Monoxide affect the body?

When a person inhales Carbon Monoxide it will mix with the blood and prevent it from being able to absorb Oxygen. Therefore if a person continues to be exposed to Carbon Monoxide, it will often have serious health implications such as paralysis and brain damage. In some cases exposure to CO can also cause death.

The common symptoms include headaches, dizziness, nausea, breathlessness, collapsing and loss of consciousness. If you find that you get any of these symptoms when you are at home or other people in your household (even your pets) are also experiencing the same symptoms, it is important to take action right away.

It is advised that you turn off your gas appliances and leave the house immediately. You should also seek medical advice, as a doctor will be able to test your blood or breathe for Carbon Monoxide poisoning.

If you are found to have Carbon Monoxide poisoning you will be treated with Oxygen therapy in hospital. This involves breathing in pure Oxygen through a tight-fitting mask so your body can replace carboxyhaemoglobin.

The recovery time from Carbon Monoxide poisoning can vary depending on how long you were exposed to it for. Around 10 to 15% of people who experience severe Carbon Monoxide poisoning will go on to have long-term complications such as brain damage and heart problems.

How to prevent Carbon Monoxide leaks

Carbon Monoxide leaks are often caused by insufficient venting of appliances, or blocked flues, which are connected to the appliance. These pose significant risks and need to be checked over by a qualified gas safety engineer.

One of the best ways to prevent CO leaks is to have your boiler and heating appliances inspected and maintained on a regular basis. A Gas Safe engineer from Logical Heating & Plumbing solutions a boiler repair croydon company, should carry out these inspections.

Detecting Carbon Monoxide

Luckily many people these days have CO alarms in their home. These alarms sound if Carbon Monoxide is present in the air, so those in the household can take action immediately.

If you don’t already have one, it’s a legal requirement for a Carbon Monoxide alarm to be fitted for your home. They look very similar to smoke alarms, are affordable to buy and very easy to fit. Your detector is likely to need changing every five years or so.

These alarms are designed to sound an alarm when CO is present in the air. They are much more effective than other Carbon Monoxide alarms that simply change colour, as they will alert to the poisonous gas you even if you are sleeping.

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Get your Carbon Monoxide Alarm Checked This Autumn

Now we’re in September we need to be looking at our carbon monoxide alarm, as we will soon be once again firing up the heating system. Part of the problem with our heating system is the creation of carbon monoxide, a highly toxic gas that can be fatal in high concentrations.

All heating systems that generate carbon monoxide are designed to dispose of it safely. However, accidents do happen. Read on to find out more about carbon monoxide alarm, and why they need to be checked on an annual basis.

Why Carbon Monoxide Alarm are Necessary

Carbon monoxide is an invisible, odourless gas that is generated through combustion, typically that of natural gas. It binds to the oxygen receptors in your blood, causing slow asphyxiation. Because carbon monoxide is more or less impossible to detect early, it is vital to have carbon monoxide detectors installed throughout the house in case of a leak. These detectors monitor the air for CO molecules, and then sound off when they detect dangerous levels. This is the best way to detect a carbon monoxide leak in time to escape unharmed.

Why You Need to Have Your Detectors Checked

These detectors largely run on batteries, just like smoke detectors. They can last quite a while, but eventually they will need a new battery. The detectors are also liable to develop electrical problems, which may not be discovered until it’s too late. For this reason, you need to make absolutely sure that you have a professional examine your carbon monoxide detectors at least once a year. Annual inspections from Logical Heating & Plumbing Solutions,  ensure that your carbon monoxide alarm function properly when you need them the most.

If you have any questions then please feel free to give Logical and Heating Plumbing Solutions a call: >0208 664 9099. We look forward hearing from you.

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LHPS is supporting Gas Safety Week 2016

In support of gas safety week  2016 (19-25 September 2016), local Gas Safe registered engineers from Logical Heating & Plumbing Solutions are raising awareness of gas safety issues and urge local residents to support the most vulnerable in society in order to keep them safe.

Gas Safety Week aims to encourage people from the Greater London area to reach out to friends and family, be they elderly parents or a disabled neighbour, to ensure they get their gas appliances – along with their own – safety checked at least once a year. Poorly maintained gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. In the last year, at least 55,200 homes in the UK escaped deadly gas incidents such as these, thanks to engineers switching off dangerous appliances1.

By law, only Gas Safe registered engineers can work on gas appliances. There have been 22 deaths and nearly 1,000 gas-related injuries in the last three years3. An estimated quarter of a million illegal gas jobs are carried out every year by unregistered workers, who do not have the skills or the qualifications to do the job safely. It’s therefore vital you make sure your engineer is registered with the official gas authority, Gas Safe Register.

Dareen Owen who works for Logical Heating & Plumbing Solutions said: “We regularly go to people’s homes and find unsafe gas appliances, which either haven’t been serviced in years or have been worked on by illegal fitters. In most cases residents are unaware of the danger they and their family are in. For this reason, we’re pledging our support for Gas Safety Week and doing our bit to raise awareness of gas safety issues among the public and to let residents know what steps they can take to keep themselves safe.”

Jonathan Samuel, managing director for Gas Safe Register, said: “We know from our own investigations that around one in six gas appliances in the UK are unsafe4, meaning far too many people are victims of preventable gas related incidents. It’s great to have the support of Logical Heating & Plumbing Solutions this Gas Safety Week. By working together we can raise further awareness of gas safety, to help reduce the number of dangerous gas appliances that could be lurking in people’s homes.”

Reach out to those who need help keeping gas safe at home by following these top tips:

  • Help them to sign up to a free annual gas safety check reminder service at staygassafe.co.uk. You could even sign up on their behalf, so the reminder is sent to you each year
  • Make them aware of the signs that an unsafe gas appliance could cause:
    • A lazy yellow flame instead of a crisp blue flame; soot or staining on or around the appliance; excess condensation in the room
    • Carbon monoxide (CO) has no smell, taste or colour. The symptoms of CO poisoning include headaches, dizziness, nausea, breathlessness, collapse and loss of consciousness, which can easily be mistaken for something else
  • Make sure they know to ‘Trust the Triangle’ by asking to see their engineer’s Gas Safe ID card and checking it to make sure the engineer is covered to check or fit the appliance in question.

If you smell gas or think there might be a gas leak, call the free 24 hour national gas emergency number immediately on 0800 111 999.

For more information and to find a local engineer in your area visit www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk or call 0800 408 5500.

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